The firm chosen to draw-up plans for Union Terrace Gardens has spoken of its pride in being picked.
Aberdeen City Council today announced award-winning team LDA Design will draw up detailed design proposals for the £17 million project.
The company has delivered more than 50 Heritage Lottery Funded park restoration schemes and new parks nationally and internationally, including the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London.
And local pride is also to play a part in the project, with some of the firm’s team born and raised in the Granite City.
Board director of the firm Neil Mattinson said: “We are absolutely delighted to be entrusted with this project, it’s an extremely exciting project.
“We also feel a sense of privilege.
“The team is absolutely determined to move forward with community stakeholders to make something very, very special.
“One or two in our team are born and raised in Aberdeen so you can imagine what it means to them.”
Council leader Jenny Laing today said: “LDA Design has a world-class reputation as the team behind high quality, iconic projects that demonstrate both innovation and respect for heritage.
“LDA Design faced fierce competition from nearly a dozen leading firms during a rigorous selection procedure for Union Terrace Gardens – evidence of a desire from the country’s leading design practitioners to be part of the Aberdeen City Centre Masterplan programme.
“In producing and honing detailed drawings for Union Terrace Gardens, LDA Design will continue the process of engaging with the public and key stakeholders.
“Together we can secure UTG’s position as the city centre’s green jewel.”
The firm’s bid includes arches in the park lit up by shops and fairy lights while a bridge could link Union Terrace and Belmont Street.
Kirstin Taylor, LDA Design project director, said: “We are thrilled to have been awarded a project of such national and international significance.
“Union Terrace Gardens have great beauty and charm, and can be revitalised in a way that completely respects and enhances their 19th Century heritage.
“They can offer traditional park enjoyment alongside new ideas and uses, and LDA Design is experienced in securing this kind of careful balance.”
A public engagement exercise to gather feedback on proposals is expected to take place towards the end of this year.
Detailed plans are scheduled to go before the council for consideration in early 2017.
If approved by council, work on the one- to two-year refurbishment would start that autumn.